Shanika Johnson, M.S, LCMHC
(Charlotte & Atlanta Location)
Shanika Johnson is the CEO of Innovative Lifestyle Network. She is also a licensed clinical mental health therapist specializing in providing therapeutic services for adults, families and couples. She works with a broad spectrum of clients and feels privileged to serve and treat all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status and background. Innovative Lifestyle Network strongly believes in embracing their clients' inner strengths to promote growth and positive healing. We provide a safe, nurturing and non-judgmental environment for all clients. Therapy sessions are tailored to meet your personal needs and to collaborate with you in identifying and maximizing your strengths in an effort to explore the most effective approaches to overcoming your struggles. During this journey, you will explore past events, present realities and future possibilities.
Timberlee Young, MSW, LCSWA
(Charlotte & Atlanta Location)
Timberlee Young is a licensed clinical social work associate in North Carolina and a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of South Carolina and Georgia. She received her master's degree in Social Work from Western Carolina University and her bachelor's degree in Social work from the University of Georgia. Areas of expertise include: anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), domestic violence, teen violence and sexual assault. She believes that the client and therapist relationship is the foundation and a critical component of the therapeutic process. She strives to provide a safe space for individuals to discuss their concerns in nonjudgmental, supportive and culturally sensitive environment.
Cierra Grice, MSW, LCSWA
Cierra Grice is a licensed clinical therapist associate that received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She later graduated with her Master of Social Work degree from North Carolina Central University. She has a history of treating clients with depression, anxiety, grief and loss, post-traumatic stress disorder, and low self-esteem. Cierra strives to help adult clients find their confidence, peace, and overallhappiness. Cierra has helped many adults find healthy ways to target daily stressors, develop boundaries, and embrace their authentic selves. Cierra believes in forming a therapeutic relationship in the beginning stages of therapy. A few treatment modalities that she utilizes include but are not limited to DBT, CBT, client centered-therapy, and solution-focused therapy. Cierra believes in operating from a strengths-based approach. This approach allows for clients tosee themselves at their best while she assists them with seeing their own value. Cierra’s primary purpose is to provide all clients a safe space to communicate thoughts and feelings openly in a nonjudgmental setting. If you are looking to grow into the best version of yourself, book with Cierra today.
Monique Overstreet, M.Ed, LCMHC
Monique graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Queens University of Charlotte and received her M.Ed. in clinical mental health counseling from Winthrop University. She is also in the process of becoming a certified trauma therapist to provide TF-CBT. She has experience in various areas of the Mental and Behavioral Health field. She has worked with the adolescent population for the majority of her career and also has experience working with other populations. She is Strength Based and Person-Centered in her therapy approach and believes that building rapport and trust is very important in the beginning stages of therapy.
Alexis Surratt, MA, LCMHCA, LCAS-A, NCC
Alexis Surratt is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counseling Associate, Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate, and National Certified Counselor in the state of North Carolina. Areas of expertise include anxiety, adjustment disorders, anger management, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression, substance use disorders, low self-esteem, and life transitions. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She strives to tailor each session to the client's unique needs by providing a safe, nurturing, culturally sensitive, and non-judgemental environment. She believes in building a healthy therapeutic foundation with each client, which allows them to heal, grow and ultimately become the best version of themselves. While working with Alexis, each client will be encouraged to explore their past, present and ideal future.
Shontanae Green, MS, APC, NCC
Shontanae Green is licensed in Georgia as an Associate Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. She earned her bachelor of science in Psychology from Georgia State University and her master of science in clinical mental health counseling from Walden University in 2012 and 2019, respectively. Utilizing the person-centered therapeutic approach, Shontanae believes that clients have the innate ability to self-actualize and achieve positive growth and change. Thus, she serves as the facilitator of that change, providing guidance, empathy, and unconditional positive regard along the journey. Realizing that each client is different, with a unique worldview and idiomatic experiences, she personalizes therapy to meet those individual needs. Shontanae has worked in many therapeutic settings to include community, crisis, and residential and she has experience in treating clients for stress and anger management, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, and substance abuse. She enjoys working with adolescents, adults, couples, and families to help them achieve balance as well as mental and emotional well-being.
Joy Whitmore, MSW, LMSW
Joy Whitmore is a licensed therapist in Georgia with 12 years of experience in the mental health field. She is certified in Trauma-Focused CBT and Grief/Loss. She has worked and treated individuals ranging from ages 5 to 65 years old with anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, domestic violence survivors, abandonment issues, low self-esteem and self-worth struggles. Joy strives to help clients find their confidence, peace, happiness, and understanding. She has helped families work through years of hardships and unfortunate circumstances and find healthy ways to interact with one another and develop boundaries that are safe and meaningful. She would like for all clients to be assured that they are in competent and capable hands. The treatment modalities that she utilizes are: CBT, client centered-therapy, solution focused therapy, compassion-focused therapy, play therapy, behavior therapy, and TF-CBT. The feedback from clients is that they see improvement in their interactions with others and they are happier and able to evolve with life and not against it. Joy's purpose is to provide a safe space for clients to get to know themselves with compassion and authentic insight.
Melanie Chery, LMSW, LCSWA
Melanie Chery is a trauma-informed and strengths-based Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate in North Carolina and a Licensed Master Social Worker in New York. She received her social work degree from Columbia University School of Social Work. She is also in the process of becoming a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and has training in TF-CBT, Restorative Justice, and experience with the use of creative arts in therapy. Much of her work has focused on mainly supporting children, teens and adults as well as families process the impact of trauma. Some areas of expertise are domestic and intimate partner violence, child abuse, complex trauma, school challenges, family mediation, parent-child communication, anxiety and depression. Melanie strives to witness and encourage meaningful participation by shared decision-making and using evidence-based and expressive techniques. Her sessions often involve creative calm in the therapeutic space developed by the client and therapist partnership. She is passionate about fostering empowerment by being an engaged listener, soundboard, and partner throughout her client's journey.
Tanisha Mann, M.S, CMHC
(Charlotte and Atlanta Location)
Tanisha graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and Human Services from Clayton State University and received her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She has several years of experience in many various areas within the behavioral and mental health realm. She has worked with the low-socioeconomic population and a wide range of different cultures to include kids, adolescents, and adults. She uses both Solution-Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in her approach. Tanisha understands that approaching counseling with an understanding of one's cultural background will help to shape the trajectory of positive coping mechanisms. She believes in integrating each individual's culture to counsel effectively.
Taylor McDowell, LAPC, CADC II
Taylor McDowell is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II in Georgia. She is a two-time alumna of Valdosta State University, where she received both her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and her Bachelor's degree in Psychology. Areas of expertise include: substance use disorder, anxiety, depression, domestic violence, sexual assault, and anger management. She is a strong advocate for social justice and for normalizing therapy for people of color. Taylor believes that humans are social creatures, and that we must create healthy connections with ourselves, with others, and the world around us to achieve and sustain wellness. She deeply values the trust that her clients place in her and prides herself on providing a warm, open-minded place for clients to be authentically themselves.